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Stratford Town
Redditch United
M Taylor (33'), J Williams (38')
Full time
Sat 22 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Attendance 225

Town beat Redditch 2-0

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Town move up to 9th after comfortable home win.

Match Report by Kevin Hand , Photographs by Granty

Stratford Town v Redditch FC Saturday 22 September, 2018 3.00pm in the EvoStik Premier Central League at the Arden Garages Stadium.

Stratford 2 Redditch 0 (HT2-0)

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Attendance: 225

• The better part of valour is discretion

With Head of Football, Thomas Baillie, in attendance Steve Walker and Nathan March declared themselves well satisfied with 3 points and a clean sheet in an emphatic win over neighbours Redditch.

With the same starting eleven as the Bedworth game Town started in determined fashion as they played towards the golf course end. Within 2 minutes Skendi won the ball in midfield and then released Will Grocott on the left. His floated cross seemed certain to reach the head of Carvalho but the brave ex-Town keeper,Connor, punched clear being injured in the collision. Carvalho was somewhat harshly adjudged to have fouled the keeper.

The game then settled into a battle for midfield supremacy with the Town boys gradually asserting. Westwood shot over, Grocott nearly played Wilson in, Cox sent in a dangerous cross and Will Grocott, again, danced his way deep into the Redditch area before being dispossessed.

On 25 minutes the game burst into life when Connor dealt badly with a poor backpass spooning the ball in the air. Taylor reacted swiftly heading the ball goalwards. It landed on the roof of the net with the keeper back pedaling furiously. Connor’s collision with the net led to a 5 minute stoppage for repairs.

After the break Town continued to press and won a free kick on right. On 33 minutes Grocott’s precise cross was met by the unmarked Taylor, who scored with the simplest of headers. Straight after the restart Taylor burst through the middle and both he and Connor were injured in a 50/50 tussle. Shortly afterwards (38 minutes) and Town’s advantage was doubled. A Grocott corner was nodded down by McAteer and Jordan Williams poked home from close range.

The half was played out with Stratford in complete control.

Within 5 minutes of the restart Town might have gone further ahead, Connor denying first Wilson and then Carvalho. Skendi and captain, Jimmy Fry, were winning the midfield battle but in doing so both conceded yellow cards. It was no surprise when they were both withdrawn from the fray. The influential Will Grocott was also substituted to be replaced by Ross Oulton who quicky impressed with some measured passing.

In his first appearance of the season Eli Bako had two chances to make a name for himself. The first he fluffed with poor control in the area. The second he was unfortunate when a wicked curling shot crashed against a post with no-one on hand to follow up.

The game was concluded with few if any scares for Town. Etherington was massive in goal and both Westwood and Cox impressed. The game was well managed by referee, Richard Cattell, and his two assistants.

Not a classic game but consecutive victories was very pleasing. The positive murmurs from the terraces was qualified by a perceived need for a better ‘first touch’ and a more precise ‘final ball.’ There was general delight to see Ben Stephens in the crowd and just one week away from fitness and a possible Macclesfield debut.

• The better part of valour is discretion. King Henry 1V part 1 Act 5 Scene 4

• Marston man of the Match – Chris Cox presented by Town Legend Ben Stephens

• Next Up; Rushall Olympic (A) 3.00pm Saturday 29 September EvoStik Premier

Chris Cox

Player of the Match

Chris Cox

Key moments

33:00
Goal Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
38:00
Goal Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Chris Cox is awarded player of the match for Stratford Town
88:00 Sub On
Claudio Dias is substituted on for Stratford Town
88:00 Sub Off
Albi Skendi is substituted off for Stratford Town
75:00 Sub On
Luke Keen is substituted on for Redditch United
75:00 Sub Off
Leam Howards is substituted off for Redditch United
72:00 Sub On
Ross Oulton is substituted on for Stratford Town
72:00 Sub Off
James Fry is substituted off for Stratford Town
65:00 Sub On
Eli Bako is substituted on for Stratford Town
65:00 Sub Off
Will Grocott is substituted off for Stratford Town
64:00 Sub Off
Mohammed Sebben-Njie is substituted off for Redditch United
64:00 Sub On
Joe Adams is substituted on for Redditch United
57:00 Yellow Card
James Fry is yellow carded for Stratford Town
46:00 Sub Off
Marshall Wilock is substituted off for Redditch United
46:00 Sub On
Nyeko Sinclair is substituted on for Redditch United
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Albi Skendi is yellow carded for Stratford Town
38:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jordan Williams scores for Stratford Town
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mikey Taylor scores for Stratford Town
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As it happened

  • Stratford Town
  • Redditch United
  • 0
  • Mikey Taylor Goal 33:00'
  • Jordan Williams Goal 38:00'
  • Albi Skendi Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Nyeko Sinclair Sub On 46:00'
  • Marshall Wilock Sub Off 46:00'
  • James Fry Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Mohammed Sebben-Njie Sub Off 64:00'
  • Joe Adams Sub On 64:00'
  • Will Grocott Sub Off 65:00'
  • Eli Bako Sub On 65:00'
  • James Fry Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ross Oulton Sub On 72:00'
  • Leam Howards Sub Off 75:00'
  • Luke Keen Sub On 75:00'
  • Albi Skendi Sub Off 88:00'
  • Claudio Dias Sub On 88:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 42 94
2. King's Lynn Town 42 80
3. Stourbridge 42 78
4. Alvechurch 42 73
5. Stratford Town 42 72
6. Coalville Town 42 67
7. Biggleswade Town 42 66

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